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gorgeous and daunting

11 May, 2018

I’ve been wanting to introduce the garden for a while now but for some reason something has been holding me back. I guess it’s because I don’t want to sound like a moany cow! I’m well aware of just how gorgeous the garden is and feel incredibly lucky but something can be gorgeous and daunting.

our garden

That’s perfectly ok to say.

Reuben for example, is also incredibly gorgeous but at times he’s daunting too. That’s the yin and yan of life.

There is order in chaos and chaos in order. (more…)

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Fancy a dip!

04 May, 2018

There are a couple of occasions when this easy, lazy houmous recipe comes in handy…

Sometimes I just have a hankering for houmous and loads of yummy veg. Most likely after a period of not eating all that healthily.

Other times, I’ve got people coming over and I’ve forgotten that you’re meant to serve up some kind of hors d’oeuvre. This is both presentable and tasty. Win win.

But a) it doesn’t happen that often so b) I don’t always have tahini in. Or if I do it’s got things growing on it.

This is where this easy, lazy houmous recipe comes in handy…it’s super easy and it’s a total cheat because it doesn’t use tahini. But packed with other flavours like lots of lemon juice and herbs or hot sauce, you really don’t miss it.

And your fridge will thank you for not having another mouldy jar lurking at the back.

Easy, Lazy Houmous Recipe

Houmous Recipe – Ingredients

All you need is:

  • 1 tin chickpeas (drained and rinsed under the tap)
  • 2 tbsp lemon (or more if you like a tang)
  • 3 tbsp greek yoghurt (or more if you like it creamy!)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (you can mince to give your blender a hand)
  • hot sauce/herbs (optional, get creative!)


  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender
  2. Blend
  3. Serve up with your favourite veggies or toasted pitta.

I’ve also snipped on some chives and used more hot sauce because I’m craving spicy food at the moment.

houmous recipe

I ended up taking this over to my friend Jeannie’s house after I made it yesterday and we shared the lot for our lunch. Very satisfying AND healthy!

How do you make your houmous?

I’d love to hear how you make yours and any tips for making it even yummier!


Telling your kids you're pregnant!

02 May, 2018

Yesterday I was able to tell the world, AND my kids, that I’m pregnant! It was the children and pregnancy bit that I was a little concerned about.

I didn’t want to just blurt it out like I did with my parents but equally I didn’t want to pin my hopes on it being this magical moment and build it up too much.

So, after sharing the announcement post, I looked to you lovely lot for advice on how to share the news.

Children and Pregnancy

Children and Pregnancy



The other part of the 2-parter

01 May, 2018

Back in March you may (or not) remember this article I wrote about facing your fears. It started out as a diary entry to document a really funny week and in it I referred to it as being a two-parter. There was a curveball Tuesday that I couldn’t share yet.

Here’s the second part… it has been THE longest wait to be able to share this and now I finally can.

I’m hoping that now this is out it allows me to get back into blogging properly because I completely stalled after getting this news!

I also need some advice so please keep going to the bottom and either comment on here or head to the Mums’ Days Facebook page and join the conversation there. Thanks in advance!

Tuesday – 13th March

On Tuesday night, Mike was at the top of Kilimanjaro about to reach the summit. I was in bed with my electric blanket on. Rock and bloody roll!

I was feeling a bit crampy, but it was only 3 weeks since I had my coil removed via laparoscopy, and my period hadn’t returned, so I wasn’t surprised. Then I thought I’d check how long it had been since my period should have started… a week and a half.

Is your mind going where mine went?

I had a bunch of pregnancy tests in the house from when I thought we were trying back in September (my coil had gone missing so it was assumed it had fallen out but instead it had passed through my womb and was on a holiday in my pelvis!) so I took a test. Just to rule it out.

I have some thoughts on taking a test just before bed:




Taking action and putting a foot in chaos

25 Apr, 2018

Ah, confidence. You tricksy little bugger.

It’s been on my mind this week, starting with a conversation between my brother and my step-daughter. She told him how she was really enjoying taking LAMDA exams because it helped with her confidence. My brother was impressed to hear an 11 year old say such an important thing. Funny how you sometimes need to see things through other people’s’ eyes to fully appreciate how awesome they are.


We talked about how important it is to instill confidence in our children, particularly in young women and he pointed me to a book, The Confidence Code for Girls (due for release on 3rd May. Pre Ordered y’all!).

I was like, nevermind just Gabby I need this book! (more…)


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